Bingham Camp Theatre Retreat

MISSION STATMENT

Bingham Camp Theatre Retreat focuses on the development of new work for the stage that promotes and celebrates diversity. Set in the woods of Salem, CT, it is a rural retreat where theatre artists create work that gives voice to under-represented communities onstage. With an emphasis on non-traditional casting, multi-ethnic participants and bold theatricality, it offers a unique opportunity for theatre-makers to develop new plays and musicals that encourage dialogue between cultures.

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RETREAT DESCRIPTION

BCTR is an annual ten-day retreat at The Bingham Camp. Each season, participants work on the development of a single new play or musical. In addition, there are opportunities for readings and exploration of other work while on-site. It culminates in a presentation to an invited audience of local supporters, national art advocates and other professionals.

Under the artistic direction of Devanand Janki, the creative environment is collaborative and supportive, with the ultimate goal of creating high-quality work that has potential to be produced commercially so its message can reach larger audiences.

The quietude of the countryside around Bingham Camp offers the opportunity for participants to work without the interruption and distraction of a city. All artists receive a small stipend plus housing and meals.

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ARTISTIC DIRECTOR - DEVANAND JANKI

is a New York-based Director and Choreographer who grew up spending summers at The Bingham Camp. His career spans all facets of the performing arts – theatre, opera, ballet and corporate entertainment. He began as a performer, appearing in numerous productions including Broadway’s Miss Saigon, Cats, The King & I and Side Show. For the past 15 years, he has been a freelance director, working regionally and in New York on over 50 shows including Aladdin, Junie B. Jones, Man of La Mancha, Rent, The Full Monty and Off-Broadway’s Zanna Don’t! for which he won the Lucille Lortel Award. His passion has always been creating new work for the stage. He is excited that The Bingham Camp, which inspired so much of his own creativity, is now a home for other theatre professionals. He looks forward to sharing their work with the community in the years to come. www.devanandjanki.com

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Call It Courage

For BCTR’s inaugural season, BCTR has chosen “Call It Courage,” a musical adaptation of the beloved children’s novel written by Connecticut native Armstrong Sperry. Set in the Pacific Islands, “Call It Courage” is the coming of age story of a timid young boy who overcomes bullying and ostracism to find the strength he always had within. “Call it Courage” is written by two-time Harrington Award winning composer and librettist Adam Overett whose “My Life is a Musical” had its world premiere in 2014 at Bay Street Theatre. Invited presentations of “Call It Courage” will take place October 3rd and 4th in Salem.

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Project Participants

Tobias C. Wong

Actor - Mafatu

Tobias C. Wong is thrilled to be apart of this new musical project and the Bingham Camp Theatre Retreat! NYC credits include: Here Lies Love (The Public). NYC music composition include: Bombed (Harold Clurman Lab), Dark of the Moon (NYU Adler '15). Tobias is the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for the Brooklyn-based folk-trio, Northern. You can find our music here: www.soundcloud.com/northernmusicbk, like us: www.facebook.com/northernmusicbk, or follow us: @northernmusicbk. BFA NYU Tisch, Stella Adler Studio of Acting NYC, MTI '14.  Special thanks to Mom & Dad, Hannah, Rachael, Dev, & the Burns-Flynn Clan.

Tiffany Chalothorn

Actor - Timi

Tiffany Chalothorn is thrilled to be a part of the Bingham Camp Theatre Retreat playing the role of Timi. Some tour/regional credits include Junie B. Jones (TheatreworksUSA), Urinetown (Barnstormers Theatre), The Drowsy Chaperone (Speakeasy Stage Company), A Chorus Line (MSMT, Weston Playhouse, North Carolina Theatre), Hair (New Bedford Festival Theatre), Spelling Bee (Metro Stage Company). Many thanks to Dev for giving me this incredible opportunity! B.F.A. The Boston Conservatory.

Kelsey Ryan Moore

Actor - Kana

Kelsey Ryan Moore is so excited to be joining the Bingham Camp Theatre Retreat! She is originally from south Florida where she grew to love all things musical and theatrical. Since moving to the city, she has been involved with workshops and readings of Barcelona at CAP21 and the Broadway musical Allegiance. She spent a summer at Music Theatre Wichita where she was featured in West Side Story, South Pacific, 42nd Street and Catch Me If You Can. Other past favorite credits include Les Miserables and Once On This Island. Kelsey earned her BFA in musical theatre from the University of Michigan. Go Blue! www.kelseyryanmoore.com

Silvan Friedman

Actor - Young Boy

Silvan Friedman is a multi-talented young child performer, who has enjoyed acting, singing and dancing on stage since the age of 5. He is a Connecticut resident and has portrait the famous role of “Tiny Tim” at the Hartford Stage “A Christmas Carol” in 2014. Additional theatre credits include performances with the Hartt School’s theatre and vocal department in “Street Scenes” as Willie Maurant and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” as the Changeling, as well as performances with the the CT Connecticut Concert Opera in “Gianni Schicchi” as Gherardino and coming this fall “Tosca” as the Shepherd Boy. In December he will be playing Amahl in “Amahl and the Night Visitors” at the Hartt School. Silvan is also an active on screen performer, having appeared in many Indie and student film productions in Boston and New York, as well as in commercials and web series. His first lead role in an independent Sci-Fi feature film “Embers” by Claire Carre, will be playing the festival circuits this and next year. Silvan is homeschooled, a vegetarian, plays the piano, and is also a proud Black Belt in Taekwando. www.silvanfriedman.com

Luis E. Mora

Actor - Tapu

Luis E. Mora is very excited to be part of the Bingham Camp. Past credits include Pedro Pan (Pedro) Skippyjon Jones (Skippyjon) Dragula (Cousin Juicy) Rent (Angel) Wild Party (Max) The Hobbit (Gollum) A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings (Pelayo) FSU School of theatre Alum. Proud AEA member. www.luisemora.com and @luisemora89 on social media. Thank you, Dev, for helping to create opportunities for ALL of us. It is my honor to be part of your vision. For my loud and beautiful familia.

Jeigh Madjus

Actor - Uri

Jeigh Madjus was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. He attended Etobicoke School of the Arts in Toronto, then studied at Sheridan Institute’s Music Theater- Performance program. US Credits: Jacob in La Cage (1st National Tour), Lola in Prison Dancer (NYMF- Outstanding Individual Performance award) and Here Lies Love (Public Theater/ Joey Parnes). Selected Canadian credits: Canadian premiere of Myths and Hymns (TIFT), Mark in the Toronto premiere of Altar Boyz (Angelwalk Theatre- Dora nominated), Chip Tolentino in 25th... Spelling Bee. Film/TV: Simon in Servitude (Alliance), Lola in Prison Dancer: The Musical Web Series (Canadian Screen Awards nominated series). Jeigh is thrilled and honoured to be a part of the Bingham Camp Theatre Retreat! @jeighmadjus

Hansel Tan

Actor - Viri

Hansel Tan is honored to be a part of BCTR's inaugural season! He's a proud graduate of Wesleyan University and Oxford University (St Catherine's College), and hails from the sunny isle of Singapore. OFF-B'WAY: Ping Pong (The Public), Unlock'd (Prospect), NO-NO Boy (Pan Asian Rep), The Ohmies (Ohmies Ent.). NYC: I Am Harvey Milk (LCT Avery Fisher), Future Anxiety (The Flea), Great Wall (NAMT), Easter Mysteries (St. Clements), Will Sing (Ma-Yi), We in Silence... Whisper (Red Fern). REG'L/INT'L: The King and I (Harbor Lights), Miss Saigon (North Shore & Flat Rock), We Can't... Hartford (The Assembly), Romeo & Juliet (W!ld Rice), Man of Letters (Singapore Repertory Theatre), tick... tick... BOOM! (Maple Giant), The Tempest (Oneohone). TV/FILM/WEB: Untitled Joshua Marston Feature, "Madam Secretary," "In Game: The Webseries." Concerts: Avery Fisher, Symphony Space, 54 Below, Laurie Beechman, Signature, BAM, The Bitter End, Spike Hill. Member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA. www.HanselTan.com

Anne Fraser Thomas

Actor - Haumea

Anne Fraser Thomas is a Manhattan based actress and singer who is originally from Southern California.  Anne has a passion for working on new works with different composers through the NYU Grad Musical Theatre writing program, BMI, and by doing various concerts and readings, so this is such a treat to finally get to work with Adam Overett!  Regional credits include How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Man of La Mancha, Les Misérables, Miss SaigonJoseph and the Amazing, The King and I and toured across North America with Vox Lumiere as the Evil Diva/Coloratura Soprano. She was a performer in various shows at the Disneyland Resort for over five years, including Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular!   Anne currently sings with the esteemed gospel choir, Broadway Inspirational Voices and is an active voice over artist.  www.annefraserthomas.com

Graham Stevens

Actor - Tavana Nui

Graham Stevens is proud to be joining Bingham Camp Theatre Retreat for their inaugural season! Graham’s Off-Broadway credits include Peter and the Starcatcher, In Transit, The Lightning Thief, Skippyjon Jones. Regional productions: Up Here (La Jolla Playhouse), Carmen (New York City Opera), The Bald Soprano (Yale Cabaret), The Scarlet Letter (Edinburgh Festival Fringe), The Mikado (Lyric Opera San Diego). Graham earned a BA in Theater at Yale University, with a concentration on acting. While at Yale, Graham was a member of the world-famous Yale Whiffenpoofs a cappella group, and performed all over the world, from Tokyo to Beijing to Nepal to Austria to St Petersburg (Florida). In 2011, Graham won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble for his performance in “In Transit” Off-Broadway at Primary Stages.

Adam Overett

Playwright, Composer, Lyricist

Adam Overett is a Composer/lyricist/librettist: MY LIFE IS A MUSICAL (Bay Street Theatre world premiere, 2014; “Inspired” - NYTimes); POPESICAL (NYC Fringe Festival, 2015; Lyric Theatre, LA, 2012); CALL IT COURAGE (Zach Theatre, Austin TX; five Payne Award nominations); co-writer of WE THE PEOPLE: AMERICA ROCKS (2011 Lortel nominee, Best Off-Broadway Musical); “My Sky” (sung by Stephanie J. Block on No More Revivals album). Dramatists Guild Fellow (2011), residencies at Goodspeed and CAP21. Two-time winner of Jerry Harrington Award. Actor: Broadway and national tour companies of THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA (u/s Fabrizio). National tour: DIRTY DANCING (Neil Kellerman). Off-B’way and regional: MURDER FOR TWO, THE FULL MONTY. Film: FROZEN. Graduate of Yale University. www.adamoverett.com. @adamoverett

Devanand Janki

Director

Devanand Janki is a New York-based Director and Choreographer who grew up spending summers at The Bingham Camp. His career spans all facets of the performing arts – theatre, opera, ballet and corporate entertainment. He began as a performer, appearing in numerous productions including Broadway’s Miss Saigon, Cats, The King & I and Side Show. For the past 15 years, he has been a freelance director, working regionally and in New York on over 50 shows including Aladdin, Junie B. Jones, Man of La Mancha, Rent, The Full Monty and Off-Broadway’s Zanna Don’t! for which he won the Lucille Lortel Award. His passion has always been creating new work for the stage. He is excited that The Bingham Camp, which inspired so much of his own creativity, is now a home for other theatre professionals. He looks forward to sharing their work with the community in the years to come. www.devanandjanki.com

Dennis Corsi

Assistant Director

Dennis Corsi is a director of theatre and television. He is the artistic associate of the Bingham Camp Theatre Retreat, which focuses on the development of new work for the stage that promotes and celebrates diversity. Dennis is creative director of Script Match, a web app making the process of finding plays quick and easy for actors, directors, and producers. He is a director of the international television series A Billion to One with CollabFeature. Directing credits include The Commedia Rapunzel (SoHo Playhouse), Based on a Totally True Story (Renegade Theatre Festival), and In Pursuit (Indi Television Series). He has assistant directed the productions of Skippyjon Jones (Theatreworks), Junie B. Jones (Theatreworks), We Three Lizas (Joe's Pub), A Happy End (Abingdon Theatre), and Funny Girl (The Wharton Center).

Yan Li

Musical Director

Yan Li is a composer, lyricist, music director, pianist, arranger, and teacher. His work has been featured at the West End Theatre, Symphony Space, Signature Theatre, Irondale Center, 54 Below, Musical Theatre Factory, Goodspeed, Barrington Stage, Speyer Hall, the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, the Duplex, Pearl Theatre, Portsmouth University, NYMF, and the Toronto Fringe Festival. Shows include Sweet Nothings, Enjoy the Ride, or The Whale, The Puzzling Disappearance of Yinxing Villa, Blind, Made in China, and Misprint 1st Issue. Commssions from Leviathan Lab, Prospect Theater Company, Acting Up Stage, Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre, Wakka Wakka Productions, and Pacific Opera Victoria. Recent music direction: The Vagabonds (NYU), MTC Conservatory (Barrington Stage), Bed and Sofa (HB Studio), Barcelona (Cap21), The Addams Family (Play Group Theatre), And The World Goes Round (Interplayers), and Sunfish (Daegu International Music Festival). Yan holds an MFA from NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program (Tisch Fellowship recipient), and an ARCT diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. He is a Founding Artist of Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre and a proud member of the Asian American Librettists, Composers, and Lyricists Project and the Dramatists Guild. www.yanlicomposer.com  

Celeste Cumming

Cellist

Celeste Cumming's first memories include her dream of becoming a concert violinist, and with great anticipation and excitement, she began studying the violin in 3rd grade until her father suggested she switch to the cello. Sheʼs been happily hauling that thing around ever since. She went to the University of California at Berkeley to become a neurosurgeon, walked out with a BA in Music, and has performed and taught cello all over the country, taking time out to raise two wonderful children who have pursued careers in theater and film production. She teaches cello privately in her home in West Hartford, performs in the area and works part time at an iceskating rink, where she drives the Zamboni. Although classically trained, she particularly loves playing musical theater and has a special fondness for new works. She is especially proud of her involvement in “The Great American Mousical” (directed by Julie Andrews) and “Amazing Grace” (now on Broadway) which were in development at the Norma Terris Theatre, and was thrilled to play “The Most Happy Fella” at the Goodspeed Opera House. In her spare time she does some modeling and acting, and her WWE commercial with pro-wrestler Sheamus has had over one million views on YouTube.

Marty Wirt

Percussionist

Marty Wirt is a versatile percussionist, keyboardist, and educator from New London, CT.  A jazz studies graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, he maintains a busy performance and teaching schedule.  Regular regional theater engagements include Goodspeed Musicals and the Ivoryton Playhouse, as well as summer theater workshops for local youth.  Marty is also music director at Ledyard Congregational Church in Ledyard, CT, where he brings a fresh perspective on secular and sacred music for choir and instrumentalists.  He is excited and thankful for this opportunity with BCTR, and looks forward to developing new musical theater works with such talented and dedicated collaborators.

Jacqueline Wheeler

Company Manager

Jacqueline Wheeler is originally from Birmingham Alabama and graduated from University of Alabama with a degree in Musical Theatre and Communicative Disorders. After undergrad, she moved to NYC where she worked professionally as an actor and teacher. She recently received her MFA in Acting at Michigan State University, where she taught and created beginning acting, business of acting, and theatre history courses for the department. Her secondary focus while pursuing her terminal degree was the business of acting. Jacqueline has worked for Stephanie Holbrook Casting and the Krasny Agency in New York City. She has taught theatre all over the country and even traveled to teach English through theatre in Istanbul, Turkey. Currently, she is a specialty teacher for Perry School, in the West Village, teaching music, movement, art, and theatre.

Fran Acuña-Almiron

Stage Manager

Fran Acuña-Almiron is a NYC-based Stage Manager who has worked with several established theater companies over the years. She has also toured both regionally and nationally with ArtsPower National Touring Theatre and TheatreworksUSA. Some of her favorite credits include The Weir (Irish Repertory Theatre), Rosario and The Gypsies (Theater for the New City), Skippyjon Jones (TheatreworksUSA), and Anne of Green Gables (Artspower). She feels extremely blessed to be a part of such an amazing project with such an important mission. A million and one thanks to her family, especially her husband, who have always supported her in her endeavors. Fran is a proud member of AEA.

Madeline Goddard

Assistant Stage Manager

Madeline Goddard is a senior at U-32 High School in Montpelier, Vermont.  She has been the stage manager and co-lighting designer in her school's theater program, Stage 32, for the past three years, and is quite obsessed! Some of her favorite shows include Les Miserables, Black Comedy, and Baggage, where she made her acting debut at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland this past summer! She recently stage managed Beautiful Thing as part of the 5th Annual Gay Pride Festival at Chandler Music Hall in Randolph, Vermont.  Aside from the theater, she is continuing an installation art study from last year with a mentor from the community, and loves every second of it!  She is also Hiram Bingham III's great-great-granddaughter and is so excited to be back at the Bingham Camp-- especially this time around in the company of such an experienced and creative team!

Israel Moreno

Accounting Intern/Book Keeper

Israel Moreno is pursuing a Certified Public Accountant designation and seek to develop a career with a concentration on the not-for-profit sector. He would like to continually gain more experience and serve in organizations with worthy goals that strive to address societal problems. Throughout history, service to a cause greater than self has proven to be the best approach to improve our world. So what better way to make a positive contribution to our society than aligning ourselves with those who seek to improve it? BCTR mission to develop high-quality professional theatre while fostering diversity in casting and themes to engage broad audiences is a timely, valuable, and well-intentioned endeavor which interests him and wishes to keep on contributing. He find BCTR’s commitment to inclusivity in the performing arts very appealing and also a pertinent approach to foster empathy. He strongly feel BCTR’s main objective serves to counter persistent community divisions and tensions that incessantly plague our society.  

Angelita Esperanza

Production Assistant

Angelita Esperanza is a recent New York transplant originally from Los Angeles.  She graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Television Production.  She started her career working in entertainment news on Entertainment Tonight and CNN’s Entertainment News department.  She has since gone on to work on scripted television as a Post Production Supervisor and Associate Producer for various shows on studios and networks such as ABC, FOX, NBC and Warner Bros including Quantico and Nikita.  She is a recent graduate of Circle in the Square Theatre School’s Musical Theater Summer Intensive and has participated in various play workshops and tap shows including American Tap Dance Foundation’s Tap It Out.  She is grateful to be part of this wonderful team who shares her love for the theater, the arts and its artists.

Esspy

Written by Nandita Shenoy

An actor and a medical student cross paths repeatedly throughout the course of his medical training during the medical simulations that punctuate his education. The friendship that develops from their interactions reveals how much they have to learn from each other and questions whether compassion can be taught.

Esspy will be performed as a fire-pit reading at the Bingham Camp. BYOB! Dress warmly and gather around the fire to get a sneak peak of this new play.

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015 at 8:30pm

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Project Participants

Kelsey Ryan Moore

Actor - Anu Shilpa

Kelsey Ryan Moore is so excited to be joining the Bingham Camp Theatre Retreat! She is originally from south Florida where she grew to love all things musical and theatrical. Since moving to the city, she has been involved with workshops and readings of Barcelona at CAP21 and the Broadway musical Allegiance. She spent a summer at Music Theatre Wichita where she was featured in West Side Story, South Pacific, 42nd Street and Catch Me If You Can. Other past favorite credits include Les Miserables and Once On This Island. Kelsey earned her BFA in musical theatre from the University of Michigan. Go Blue! www.kelseyryanmoore.com

Anne Fraser Thomas

Actor - Dr. Mendoza

Anne Fraser Thomas is a Manhattan based actress and singer who is originally from Southern California.  Anne has a passion for working on new works with different composers through the NYU Grad Musical Theatre writing program, BMI, and by doing various concerts and readings, so this is such a treat to finally get to work with Adam Overett!  Regional credits include How the Grinch Stole ChristmasMan of La ManchaLes Misérables, Miss SaigonJoseph and the Amazing, The King and I and toured across North America with Vox Lumiere as the Evil Diva/Coloratura Soprano. She was a performer in various shows at the Disneyland Resort for over five years, including Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular!   Anne currently sings with the esteemed gospel choir, Broadway Inspirational Voices and is an active voice over artist.  www.annefraserthomas.com

Hansel Tan

Actor - William Chen

Hansel Tan is honored to be a part of BCTR's inaugural season! He's a proud graduate of Wesleyan University and Oxford University (St Catherine's College), and hails from the sunny isle of Singapore. OFF-B'WAY: Ping Pong (The Public), Unlock'd(Prospect), NO-NO Boy (Pan Asian Rep), The Ohmies (Ohmies Ent.). NYC: I Am Harvey Milk (LCT Avery Fisher), Future Anxiety (The Flea), Great Wall (NAMT), Easter Mysteries (St. Clements), Will Sing(Ma-Yi), We in Silence... Whisper (Red Fern). REG'L/INT'L: The King and I (Harbor Lights), Miss Saigon (North Shore & Flat Rock), We Can't... Hartford (The Assembly), Romeo & Juliet (W!ld Rice), Man of Letters (Singapore Repertory Theatre), tick... tick... BOOM! (Maple Giant), The Tempest (Oneohone). TV/FILM/WEB: Untitled Joshua Marston Feature, "Madam Secretary," "In Game: The Webseries." Concerts: Avery Fisher, Symphony Space, 54 Below, Laurie Beechman, Signature, BAM, The Bitter End, Spike Hill. Member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA. www.HanselTan.com

Nandita Shenoy

Playwright

Nandita Shenoy is a writer-actor in New York. Her comedy Washer/Dryer recently received its world premier at East West Players in Los Angeles and will be produced this fall by Rasaka Theater in Chicago.  Nandita won the 2014 Father Hamblin Award in Playwriting from the Abingdon Theater Company.  Her one-acts, Marrying Nandini, By Popular Demand, Rules of Engagement, and A More Perfect Date, have been produced in New York City as well as regionally.  She is a proud member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab. Nandita holds a Bachelors Degree in English literature with distinction in the major from Yale University. http://www.nanditashenoy.com/